Dress for Success Worldwide

Going Places. Going Strong.

aka Dress for Success   |   New York, NY   |  http://www.dressforsuccess.org

Mission

The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

Ruling year info

1999

Chief Executive Officer

Joi Gordon

Main address

32 East 31st Street 7th Floor

New York, NY 10016 USA

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EIN

13-4040377

NTEE code info

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our purpose is to offer long-lasting economical solutions that enable women to break the cycle of poverty.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Suiting Program

Job-ready women come to Dress for Success by referral only from a range of non-profit organizations. Each client works one-on-one with a highly trained volunteer personal shopper who helps her select professional attire and also provides support and encouragement as she prepares for her upcoming interviews. Dress for Success provides each client with a career suit, cosmetics, footwear and accessories—and most importantly, positive reinforcement and a boost of confidence. After a client finds work, she can return to Dress for Success for a full week’s worth of professional attire. The clothing that Dress for Success provides to our clients symbolizes our faith in every woman's ability to succeed.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

Dress for Success Career Centers promote confidence and professionalism by pairing our clients with staff members who work one-on-one with them. Staff members help create superior résumés and cover letters, provide career counseling, conduct mock interviews, and facilitate access to our professional skills training course.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

The Going Places Network offers a 12-week safety net of support to women who have participated in our Suiting Program but have not yet secured employment. Clients meet for two hours each week, attend a workshop series on relevant job search topics, network with fellow participants, and receive additional one-on-one job search support in the Career Center.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

From understanding corporate culture to managing personal finances, career novices are often left to navigate the unwritten rules of the workplace with little or no support. The Professional Women’s Group (PWG) bolsters the careers of successfully employed Dress for Success women by providing them with a network of support, practical information, and inspiration to remain employed so they can truly thrive.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

Earning a living is only half of the journey to financial independence. Clients who have been active PWG members for at least one year are eligible to enroll in Dress for Success’ proprietary 15-week Financial Literacy Program. This program, designed with the unique needs of Dress for Success women in mind, ensures that each participant learns to make sound financial decisions, develops a plan for her future and is sufficiently empowered to reclaim her financial freedom.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

Health and wellness plays a vital role in a woman’s journey towards success. An active lifestyle and wholesome eating habits promotes physical and mental wellness, cutting down the number of days an employee must be absent from work and dramatically increasing overall productivity and workplace contributions. The Health and Wellness program promotes positive lifestyle changes that help participants live longer, healthier, more productive lives.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance 2011

Charity Navigator 2011

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total women served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is the total number of women served

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goal is to create a world where women do not live in poverty; are treated with dignity and respect; and are strengthening their families and shaping their communities.

We offer an array of services, including suiting and career development training, to equip women with the tools to secure jobs. We help women become financially independent and we support them along every career phase.

We are an ever-expanding network of affiliates who work together with referral agencies, volunteers and companies across the world to make a big impact in women’s lives. By supporting each other, we can reach a greater number of women and make our vision a reality.

Since starting operations in 1997, Dress for Success has expanded to more than 150 cities in 30 countries and has helped more than one million women work towards self-sufficiency.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Our purpose is to offer long-lasting solutions that enable women to break the cycle of poverty. Dress for Success is part of a global movement for change, empowering women to obtain safer and better futures. We provide each client with professional attire to secure employment, but we are about much more than simply a new outfit. Besides physically equipping the client with apparel and accessories, our programs furnish her with a confidence that she carries forever and the knowledge that she can actively define her life, the direction she takes and what success means to her.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Dress for Success Worldwide

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Elena Kiam

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/7/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data